As of Wednesday, October 26, 2016
The Bulldogs have had this Friday night’s game circled for five weeks, dating back to a 16-9 Vandals win that took Grangeville by surprise and generated talk among players that GHS had, perhaps, taken McCall too lightly during that first meeting in September.
Grangeville had a bye last week — so while the Vandals were busy thumping Marsing 54-6, the Bulldogs had extra time to prepare.
While the Grangeville boys and McCall have both progressed as teams during the intervening weeks — and while the Bulldogs may be taking a different attitude toward the Vandals this time around — one component will be the same.
McCall quarterback Ben Knudson — a tall, mobile passer — has made key throws to Logan Spade this season. Among them was a 50-yard deep bomb late in the first meeting between the Vandals and Bulldogs, which set up the decisive touchdown.
Grangeville’s offense has been revamped since that first meeting, with a change at quarterback giving the Bulldogs’ own passing game a spark.
Up next, at the 2A level, the playoffs begin a week earlier than at the 1A level; for Grangeville (4-4) and McCall, (7-1) this one is win or stay home. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. MT Friday night, Oct. 21, at McCall.
Salmon River to play Wednesday afternoon
RIGGINS — League champion Salmon River, fresh off a bye week and facing a Cascade squad that has yet to win a Long Pin Conference game. The Savages will host the Ramblers at 3 p.m. today, Oct. 26, in order to free up fans and family to travel to the 1AD2 state volleyball tournament this weekend.
Prairie thumps Potlatch
POTLATCH — A Mud Bowl last Friday night, Oct. 21, did not slow the Pirates, who beat Potlatch 76-20 on the strength of a 40-0 first quarter generated by five rushing touchdowns, four of which flowed through Lucas Wemhoff.
Wemhoff took two of Prairie’s first offensive plays to the end zone, and added two more in short order, with long runs of 60 yards, 50 yards and 40 yards.
Quarterback Spencer Schumacher ran in a 25-yarder late in the first frame and smashed in a five-yarder midway through the second.
Wemhoff scored his fifth touchdown — a 56-yarder — about four minutes before halftime, after which PHS pulled its starters.
Wemhoff totaled 255 rushing yards on nine runs and the PHS offense totaled 416 on 29 carries.
By the end of it, the Pirates were all so sopped with mud their uniform numbers could hardly be discerned.
Up next, Prairie (7-1, 6-0 Whitepine League) is set to host Lapwai (7-1, 5-1 WPL) at 7 p.m. Friday night in Cottonwood.
Genesee socks Kamiah; Kubs to host Potlatch
Genesee beat Kamiah 50-0 on Oct. 21, and Kamiah will host Potlatch for homecoming Friday night, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.